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Aram Mrjoian

Aram Mrjoian is a contributor at Book Riot and the Chicago Review of Books. His reviews and essays have also appeared in Necessary Fiction, The Adroit Journal blog, and The Awesome Mitten. His stories are published or forthcoming in Tahoma Literary Review, Limestone, The Great Lakes Book Project, and others. He is currently working toward his MFA in creative writing at Northwestern University, where he is a fiction editor at TriQuarterly. Twitter: @AMrjoian575

Literary Journal Concepts You’re Free To Steal And Make A Reality

Literary journal ideas for those ambitious enough to create their own publication.

Riot Round-Up: The Best Books We Read in December

We asked our contributors to share the best book they read this month. We’ve got fiction, nonfiction, YA, and much, ...

5 Books To Watch For In January

Five new releases to watch for this month!

The Need For Fiction In The Age Of Trump

On why we need fiction in an age of fake news and blatant lies from people in power.

5 Lit Journals For Readers Who Love A Sense Of Place

Literary journals for readers who love to feel transported.

10 Books for Postmodern Film Lovers

If you love postmodern film, you'll want these books on your TBR.

A Brief History of the Audiobook

A brief look at the development of the audiobook, from the 19th century to today.

100 Must-Read Books of the American Midwest

100 excellent books with ties to the American Midwest.

Why You Should Read Ross Gay This National Poetry Month

In praise of the joyful and very spring-appropriate poetry of Ross Gay

Brews and Books: Beer and Book Pairing Recommendations Part II

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, books and beer are a perfect match. Trust me, if you ...

What Makes A Sentence Beautiful?

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of ...

Why We Need To Change The Conversation About Jonathan Franzen

It would seem Jonathan Franzen is a cartoon snowball that has gathered mass as it rolls from the summit to ...

What Makes A Sentence Beautiful?

Sometimes, whether buried in a block of lengthy prose or a brief poem, a sentence can be a thing of ...

The Case for Reading Books that Offend You

Recent news that several students at Duke University chose to abstain from reading Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home, part of ...

A DFW Fan Watches The End of the Tour

Early on in The End of the Tour, Jason Segel – playing the late David Foster Wallace – is sitting ...